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Subdivision site in Athol to be examined for historical significance
07-19-2024 2:51 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The first installment of a public hearing for a proposed eight-lot subdivision off of Pleasant Street and Victoria Avenue was held during Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Planning and Community Development.Chris Stoddard of Stoddard...

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Northfield seeks new EMS chief upon Fortier’s departure
07-18-2024 2:28 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

NORTHFIELD — The town has launched a search for a new EMS chief after Chief Mark Fortier informed the Selectboard he does not wish to continue with the department, citing mental, physical and financial challenges.“This is probably the hardest...


Phillipston’s administrative assistant withdraws resignation
07-18-2024 1:10 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – July 18 was supposed to be the final day for Phillipston Administrative Assistant Melanie Jackson, who had submitted her resignation.Instead, she will remain in the role, but with the new title of chief administrative officerSelectboard...


Homeless living in Athol garage say cost of housing is biggest obstacle
07-16-2024 3:49 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Last week, the Downtown Vitality Committee spoke with Police Chief Craig Lundgren about concerns they have regarding people using the long-closed municipal parking garage of off Exchange and South streets as a temporary shelter.Lundgren said...


Athol committee considers ways to deter trespassers at parking garage
07-16-2024 3:48 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – With Police Chief Craig Lundgren in attendance, last Tuesday’s meeting of the Downtown Vitality Committee turned to concerns about the municipal parking garage being trespassed in.The garage was closed several years ago amid safety concerns...


Upgrades planned for Athol’s retail shopping area
07-15-2024 2:03 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Assistant Public Works Director Paul Raskevitz met with the Downtown Vitality Committee to provide an update on new amenities for the town’s retail shopping area to improve aesthetics and pedestrian safety.“We are going to order another rapid...


Longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders honored upon retirement
07-12-2024 5:13 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ORANGE — The North Quabbin community gave thanks to two longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders this week as they begin their retirements following decades of work in conflict resolution, mediation and active bystander training. Executive Director Sharon...


Raptors draw kids, parents to Winchendon park with falconer
07-12-2024 5:12 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON — Several dozen people, families and other interested observers, showed up at Winchendon Community Park Thursday afternoon for a lesson in falconry. The event, billed as Falconry in the Park was sponsored by the Winchendon Cultural Council...


After 10 years, Franklin County Young Professionals rebranding
07-12-2024 5:11 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

After 10 years of supporting the region’s workers, Franklin County Young Professionals is looking to rebrand and is seeking feedback from the community on a new name that will more accurately describe the group’s purpose in 2024.“A lot of young...


Annual Athol Moth Ball promises ‘an adventure’
07-10-2024 1:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For some, moths are merely pesky critters that flit around your head as you try to enjoy a summer night on the deck.To others, they are a creature deserving of admiration, respect – and an entire week to celebrate their place in nature.David...


Athol Selectboard reviews proposals for Silver Lake Park
07-08-2024 3:16 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – At a recent meeting of the Selectboard, discussion focused on recent work and future projects at Silver Lake Park.Athol Planning & Development Director Eric Smith and Assistant Public Works Director Paul Raskevitz updated the Selectboard on...


Final days to comment on proposed downtown Athol guidelines
07-05-2024 4:47 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s Department of Planning & Development and members of the Downtown Vitality Committee are hoping residents will take a few moments to provide opinions on the final draft of the Downtown Design Guidelines.The Newburyport consulting...


Royalston Special Elections to decide debt exclusions, Selectboard seat
07-05-2024 4:44 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Between now and the first Tuesday in September, voters in Royalston will be going to the polls twice.A Special Town Election scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6, will determine the fate of three Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusions and one override....


Hearing on cleanup of Main Street property postponed to July 16
07-04-2024 6:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A hearing to “abate nuisance at 1756 Main Street” scheduled for earlier this week has been pushed back to July 16.At a meeting in April, Selectboard members said they were anxious to see the property, owned by Matthew Alden, cleaned up...


Four injured in two accidents on Templeton Road in Athol
07-03-2024 11:40 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ATHOL—Two seperate crashes a half-mile apart were reported on Templeton Road Tuesday afternoon.According to Athol Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Parker, a passenger vehicle crossed the traffic lanes, striking another vehicle. A third vehicle was unable to...


Canoe and kayak launch proposed for Crescent Street in Athol
07-02-2024 2:31 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Department of Fish & Game is hoping to create a kayak and canoe launch on the Millers River near the dead-end portion of Crescent Street off of Chestnut Hill Avenue.The Notice of Intent, submitted by the department’s Office of Fishing &...


Athol receives $275,000 grant for Rabbit Run Rail Trail
07-01-2024 4:26 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The first steps toward creation of the 6.2-mile long Rabbit Run Rail Trail are about to be taken.The Town of Athol recently announced that it had received a $275,000 MassTrails grant and is contributing a match of nearly $69,000, bringing the...


Down on the farm: With outsize stresses for farmers fueling a mental health crisis, program seeks to lend a helping hand
07-01-2024 4:25 PM

By LEAH VERESS

Alice Colman recalls the day a routine fennel harvest turned into a wake-up call. As she stood in her field, carefully examining a plant’s feathery leaves, she felt herself growing increasingly frustrated with the crop’s appearance. When she kneeled...


Phillipston Police Det. Sgt. Sawicki to assume chief’s role while talks continue
06-30-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Phillipston Det. Sgt. Sean Sawicki has been chosen to assume the role of police chief while the Selectboard continues deliberations on four applicants for the position interviewed Thursday.The Selectboard spent more than six hours...


Phillipston voters debate $20,000 salary increase at Special Town Meeting
06-28-2024 1:58 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – A Special Town Meeting convened Wednesday night saw a good deal of debate around one proposed pay increase.The meeting was held following the defeat of a $175,000 Proposition 2 ½ override at the recent Town Election. The override was...


Second in Athol’s Fourth Friday includes live music, several vendors
06-26-2024 3:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – This week brings with it the second in the Fourth Friday event series planned for this summer.With a tip of the hat to Alice Cooper, the theme chosen for this Friday’s event is “School’s Out for Summer.” Main Street will be blocked off from...

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